Event preview GrindTec 2018 – The event for grinding technologies
With interesting areas such as the grinding technology 4.0 theme park; FDPW – competence centre for grinding technology and the GrindTec Campus, the show is expected to attract numerous machine tool players from across the globe.
The 10th international trade fair for grinding technology – GrindTec 2018 is scheduled to be held from March 14–17 in Augsburg, Germany. Spread across an area of 45,000 sq m, the event will be conducted across nine exhibition halls and showcase diverse innovations from 30 different countries such as Switzerland, Italy, the USA, France, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and India.
According to figures by the organiser, AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen, Switzerland with 59 exhibitors leads the race in terms of maximum number of participants from an international country. This is followed by Italy – 54 participants, China – 52 exhibitors, the USA – 14 participants, France and Japan with 10 exhibitors each. This year, the event has also seen a 30 per cent rise in the number of registered Asian exhibitors that will be showcasing their technologies at the show.
Subjects such as Industry 4.0, automation, networking, digitalisation, smart factory and electromobility are some of the interesting topics of GrindTec 2018. Solutions in these areas will be displayed at the grinding technology event. And this is not all: A special theme park called ‘Grinding Technology 4.0’ is also being arranged at the fair.
Grinding Technology 4.0 theme park
The organiser of the fair, AFAG along with the ‘mav’ professional journal published by the Konradin Media group and the FDPW Association of Precision Tool Grinders have collaborated to set up the Grinding Technology 4.0 theme park for the second time.
The core highlight of this theme park is to showcase the advantages of digitalization. For this, some of the leading manufacturers of controls, machines and robots will be present, and some of them are also expected to hold lectures in order to present their visions, ideas and solutions. Their focus will be on networked systems which exchange data in real time, which make it possible to design grinding processes in a way they are more efficient and cost effective.
FDPW – Competence centre for grinding technology
In addition to this, the show has also incorporated the ‘FDPW – Competence centre for grinding technology’. Here, the specialist association of German precision tool grinders – FDPW and its French partner association SNAFOT will be presenting details about themselves at the conference centre. Apart from this, other lectures focussing on the current industry themes along with seminars from the specialist school for cutting tool mechanics – Jakob-Preh-School from Bad Neustadt, Germany, will also be hosted in this space.
GrindTec Campus – the cutting edge of research and development
The GrindTec Campus – the cutting edge of research and development is another segment at the fair. In this section, numerous research institutes are represented in the foyer of hall 1, including the chipping production competence centre of the University of Furtwangen, the Ruhr West University , the institute of chipping production (ISF) of the Dortmund Technical University, the Institute of Tool Machines and Factory Operation (IWF) of the TU Berlin, the IWT Bremen– foundation institute of material engineering, the Leibnitz University (IWF), the Rhenish Technical College Cologne – Institute of Tool and Production Technology and the WZL tool machine laboratory of the RWTH Aachen University.
With so much to explore under one roof, GrindTec 2018 is expected to be a huge success!